tv BBC News at One BBC News January 30, 2017 1:00pm-1:31pm GMT
more than a million people have now signed a petition to stop donald trump's state visit to the uk. momentum has grown since the us president announced a clampdown on immigration over the weekend. following the executive order, the american embassy in london has now told citizens of the seven countries affected not to apply for visas to the states. donald trump says only 109 people were detained over the weekend and airport problems were caused by computer issues and protestors, not his travel ban. we'll have the latest from washington. and also from westminster where the foreign secretary will address parliament this afternoon. also this lunchtime... six people are shot dead at a mosque near quebec city. canada's prime minister calls it a terrorist attack against muslims. theresa may holds talks with political leaders from scotland, wales and northern ireland on her brexit strategy. finally identified — an american with dementia found in the uk lost with no id two years ago — he'd been abandoned by his family. and mapping the mood of urban britain. we hear from the man who's walked
more than a thousand miles to do so. and coming up in the sport on bbc news... the fa cup fifth round draw is tonight, and who will non league sutton united and lincoln city get after knocking out leeds and brighton? good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. more than a million people have now signed a petition calling on the government to cancel a planned state visit to the uk by donald trump. it follows his temporary ban on visitors from seven predominantly muslim countries from entering the usa. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, said the visit should be postponed. but downing street said scrapping the visit would "undo everything" achieved in mrs may's visit
to washington earlier this month, and called the campaign a "populist gesture". here's our political correspondent, iain watson. the demonstrations in america against president trump's imposition ofa against president trump's imposition of a temporary travel ban are likely to be repeated here with protests planned outside downing street later today and another uk cities. although the foreign office have clarified that british citizens are exempt from the band, the foreign secretary has been under pressure to say why it took so long to get clarification —— the ban. say why it took so long to get clarification -- the ban. in the house of commons, that's the place. this conservative mp was born in iraq, one of the seven countries that are subject to the travel ban. he is pleased that he has confirmation he will be able to visit the usa but is still opposed to the policy. clearly the foreign secretary had worked throughout sunday and into the night talking
directly to the white house, was my understanding, as did the team at number ten and understanding, as did the team at numberten andi understanding, as did the team at number ten and i applaud them for the work they did, certainly for families like mine. the anguish we have suffered in the last 72 hours has been horrific. there are millions of people in the uk and the rest of europe who are dual nationals or original national is that those countries and they will be worried. and now more than a million people have called this book up million people have called this book up —— assigned a position calling for his planned state visit to the uk to be called off, saying it could in varas —— embarrassed the queen. it is worth noting that almost half a million people signed a petition backing a policy is similar to donald trump's, calling for an immigration ban until isis is defeated. when a petition gets more than 100,000 signatures it must be considered for debate by mps and can —— a decision will be taken on that tomorrow but sources are stressing that it would be inconceivable if the planned visit was not discussed
here. even if a majority mps decided they wanted the visit scrapped, they could not rescind an invitation from buckingham palace and downing street, but they could embarrass the prime minister. should president trump's state that it go ahead? she was tight—lipped but downing street as medically it would be a populist gesture to scrap the invitation and i don't intend to do so —— has made it clear. i think it is right that i should make the position very clear on the views that i have on the proposed state visit by president trump, which is that it should be postponed and we should make that position very clear. and in view of the number of people who have come out in the last two days, a substantial number of the british public absolutely agree with me. but his former party leader defended donald trump. what has happened here, the countries upon which trump has put a temporary travel ban while
they work out how to put extreme setting in place of that list was drawn up by the obama administration. what was a diplomatic success now looks like a political difficulty, getting close to the new us administration to be good for the post brexit economy but not necessarily for theresa may's domestic popularity. our assistant political editor, norman smith, is in westminster. 1.2 million people have signed this petition now so how much pressure do that but the prime minister under?‘ lot, and what a contrast to a couple of days ago when number ten were congratulating themselves on the outcome of those talks with donald trump. now we have this petition of more than a million, you have labour accusing mrs may of appeasement, the lib dem leader similarly critical, even tory mps critical and we might get a debate and possibly even a vote in the house of commons this
afternoon on mr trump's travel ban. number ten are resisting all calls to date to withdraw the offer of a state visit but you sense they are trying to minimise the potential damage by suggesting this lunchtime that the decision to go ahead with the offer of a state visit came from a committee in the foreign office! secondly, confusion this morning over the reassurances obtained by borisjohnson over the weekend about the impact of the travel ban on british dual nationals, with the us embassy in london telling dual nationals, don't bother applying for a visa, you won't get one. the foreign office are saying they are hopeful that advice will be reviewed but you just think that mrs may is between a rock and a hard place. she desperately wants good relations with the new us administration and seesit with the new us administration and sees it as part of our long—term strategic interest but those ties
with donald trump are already causing her difficulty and she knows some of his attitudes and policies are profoundly objectionable to many people in britain, and indeed in her own party. thank you. well, this morning president trump said only 109 people out of more than 300,000 were detained at immigration for questioning over the weekend and that the big problems at airports were caused by computer issues and protestors — not his travel ban. protests have continued across america and many more are being planned here in the uk this evening in around 30 towns and cities. in iraq — one of the seven countries whose citizens are now banned — the parliament has voted to retaliate by introducing a similar ban on americans entering the country for 90 days. daniel boettcher has the latest. this is how divisive the issue has become, shouted arguments between
opponents of donald trump's travel ban and those supporting it. this was in portland and protests have continued in many us cities and at several airports whether still confusion about how the president's orders should be implemented. there have also been another legal challenges will protection of the nation from foreign terrorists. it suspends the entry of national from seven muslim majority countries and stops the us refugee programme for four months and there is an indefinite ban on all syrian refugees. that is a concern for abdul fatah mahmoud shata, a matty gee from homs concern for abdul fatah mahmoud shata, a matty gee from horns and who has settled in california. he had widerfamily could has settled in california. he had wider family could reunited has settled in california. he had widerfamily could reunited but he is not sure now. translation ake we hope things go back to before and the orders are eased because the people have suffered. we are not trouble makers, history has dealt us a difficult hand. there have been protests against the policy in a
number of countries. students in the philippines here, and the iraqi parliament have asked its government to retaliate against the us. canada has offered to give temporary residency to people stranded in the country. we will continue to ensure that our immigration system is about compassion, efficiency and economic opportunity and the protection of the health, safety and security of canadians. the un high commissioner for human rights said in a tweet that discriminate in on nationality alone was forbidden under human rights law. he added that the us ban is also mean—spirited and waste resources needed for proper counterterrorism. here, a former mi6 head of counterterrorism said the measures could do more harm than good. this sort of ban on travel makes a huge impact around the world and rather feeds the makes a huge impact around the world and ratherfeeds the narrative makes a huge impact around the world and rather feeds the narrative of extremist islamist terrorists, that the americans and all the allies are
fundamentally against us because of oui’ fundamentally against us because of our religion. but president's -- a prisoner trump's aides insist it is not about village in tackling terrorism and the order is an interim measure while new policies are brought up. supporters argue it is necessary. whatever needs to be done has to be done, and this is for the safety of everybody. he has said it is temporary so i trust him, his numberone it is temporary so i trust him, his number one job is to protect the american people and i think he's doing it. we live in a country of democracy and if the majority of people feel they are threatened and one thing in place then we should be able to have things in place. donald trump said only 109 out of 300.5 thousand people were detained and held for questioning after his executive order and he that the homeland security secretary john kelly said all was going well with very few problems. well let's speak to our washington correspondent, kim ghattas. despite the protests, president
trump remains defiant. he'd certainly does although of course after having chosen decisive action over deliberate process, he has faced a lot of criticism for that and protest across the country and confusion and chaos at airports as we saw over the last few days. the white house did pull backjust a little bit, saying four example that green card holders, permanent resident in the united states, would not be affected by this ban. there is still some confusion about duel citizens, whether they would be allowed to come into the country. it seems for now not. it has caused a lot of confusion and chaos also for international organisations that are based here in the us. the united nations, the imf, the world bank. what we also heard from the white house is that they are trying to
temper a bit the tone they have used. the executive order came on friday but by sunday we had a statement from president trump saying he stood by it but this was not a muslim ban despite what the media, as he said, was falsely reporting. we tried to emphasise that he was a compassionate man but the key was to keep the country safe, to keep terror out. that is what appeals to donald trump's supporters and a poll this morning showed that 48% of americans support a travel ban if it keeps terror out. and if you use that trading then you will get support but of course the criticism is there as well. thank you. canada's prime minister, justin trudeau, says the fatal shooting at a mosque in the city of quebec was a "terrorist attack" against muslims. six people were killed and eight were wounded. police have arrested two men in connection with the killings. andy moore has this report, which does contain some flash photography. police closed off the area
surrounding the cultural centre as armed officers entered the mosque. it was during evening prayers on sunday, witnesses say gunmen opened fire on more than 50 worshippers inside. some of those wounded are said to be seriously injured. quebec city police confirmed that two suspects have been arrested. they called it an act of terror. the canadian prime minister, justin trudeau, said in a statement: quebec's premier said the canadian people categorically rejected what he called this barbaric violence. i want to say a few words to our fellow quebeckers. muslim quebeckers. we are with you. this is your home. you're welcome here. we are all quebeckers. we should work together, strive to build together a society
which will be even more open, peaceful too, even in this troubled world. last year, a pig's head was left in front of the mosque. but local people said there was usually a spirit of tolerance. in terms of the quebeckers i have encountered, i never have encountered any sort of hatred or animosity towards them. so i'm really shocked by all of this. ijust can't imagine awful things like that happening here, where i imagine most of the people are respectful. solidarity rallies are planned across quebec today. andy moore, bbc news. theresa may is meeting political leaders from scotland, wales and northern ireland today, to discuss britain's exit from the european union. the talks are taking place in cardiff, and our political correspondent, vicki young, is there. what are these talks expected to
achieve? theresa may promised that the devolved administrations of the uk would be fully involved in the run—up to brexit. since then we have had a supreme court ruling which said that scotland and the scottish parliament do not have a veto over the process but what has given added spice to the talks today is theresa may's speech wet she said categorically that she felt the uk would be leaving single market —— where she said. nicola sturgeon is appalled by that and she think it would be catastrophic forjobs and today they have been discussing a paper about how scotland and wales could stay in the single market even if the rest of the uk were to leave. the snp have said they have been disappointed so far by the talks that have gone on in these sessions in the last few months and they don't think the uk government is listening although theresa may said she is determined to get a solution
which will be welcomed by everybody, in all parts of the united kingdom. it does feel very difficult to see how there could be any compromise over this issue of britain remain in the single market. i think it is more likely that the snp, with their mps more likely that the snp, with their mstoining together more likely that the snp, with their mps joining together with labour more likely that the snp, with their mstoining together with labour in the house of commons and the lib dems as they start debating that article 15 bill, they may try to get some changes to that and some of the compromises they are looking for. our top story this lunchtime: a petition calling president trump's state visit to the uk to be called off has now topped more than 1.2 million signatures. and coming up: for years, we journalists have sold our energy stories under the headline that the lights might go out. from today, blackout britain should be no more. coming up in sport at half—past: there are three british men in tennis‘s top 50 in the world for the first time in 11 years, after dan evans's good run at the australian open moves him up to 45th.
as us embassies begin implementing president trump's travel ban on citizens from seven predominantly muslim countries, companies in america are warning staff who could be affected to cancel any travel plans in case they're not allowed back into the us. america's hi—tech industries have been particularly vocal — many are concerned that in future they'll be stopped from recruiting the best foreign based entrepreneurs. from california, here's our technology correspondent, dave lee. passengers arriving at san francisco international airport are being given a heroes' welcome doing something which, just a week ago, was nothing out of the ordinary. as in other parts of the country, the airport here has become the focal point of protests over president trump's immigration policies. google founder sergey brin was among the crowds waiting at arrivals. and as public opinion began to swell, it
was google's current chief executive who began the wave of big tech companies lashing out at president trump's order. "it's painful to see the personal cost," he said, adding that more than 100 of his staff were directly affected. other companies quickly chimed in. "real and upsetting," said twitter. "misguided," said microsoft. and apple's boss said, "it is not a policy we support." the shock here is the speed with which president trump's policies have impacted business. often times we think about a policy that is passed and that has an impact, but it's not super immediate. the impact may not be felt for another few months, or even a year later or something like that. and this is something where people are being stopped at the airport now. when the best engineers and developers arrive in silicon valley, this is where they start. the message from protestors today is that those
people are still welcome. the message from the tech giants is that those people are still needed. our companies rely on bringing together talent from everywhere. and any risk to that we think would be disastrous to our economy. on friday, tech bosses, including tesla's chief executive elon musk, are meeting with president trump — a chance, mr musk says, to raise his concerns in person. in the meantime, tech companies and other wealthy individuals here have placed millions of dollars in funding for organisations fighting back against president trump's most impactful decision so far. dave lee, bbc news, san francisco. from next winter, the uk will have enough secure energy supplies to meet demand, according to the man who ran the national grid for a decade. steve holliday says firing up old gas and coal plants when demand is at its highest will make up any shortfall, and that fears of a ‘blackout britain' are unjustified. here's our environment analyst, roger harrabin. in the kitchen. in the living room.
in the kitchen. in the living room. in the kitchen. in the living room. in the office. we all need to know the power would go off. in hospitals electricity is literally a life support, that is why hospitals have their own back—up generators in case ofa their own back—up generators in case of a power cut. but what about the rest of us? wind power is almost free winnie wind blows. when it does not that great potential gap in electricity supplies. under a new scheme from next winter firms owning old power stations will get subsidies to keep them on stand—by in case of power shortage. the government have run auctions to make sure that there is enough capacity generated —— generating electricity right through until 2021 we know we have got more than enough power to meet all of our supplies in the uk and beyond that the systems will be cleverer. so we should stop worrying
about blackouts. the new system will keep the lights on but at what cost? that could be several billion pounds a year on consumer bills. the government says that is an exaggeration, it's to cost households seven pounds a year on bills reducing to £2 a year as smart metres takeover. this is the future, giant batteries near leighton bothered —— leighton bothered. in cornwall households are already benefiting from cheap power to do the washing when the sun shines and there is plenty of solar electricity. big firms like this near heathrow are getting paid to turn off their power use at times of peak demand as part of the smart energy revolution. for years we journalists have sold our energy stories under the headline that the lights might go out. from today blackout britain should be no more. mps are holding an inquiry
into what's known as ‘fake news‘ — the sort of false information spread via social media. members of the culture, media and sport select committee are concerned that it represents a threat to democracy. our media editor amol rajan is here. just explain how big a problem fake news is? it's worth bearing in mind it's not that big a problem, big news is driven by the news agenda so when donald trump was running for office in america huge numbers of people worshipping fake news, and there was quite a bit around the european referendum but in the uk it's a tiny fraction of a percentage of the total material shirt on social media. it's just that some stories are so salacious and astonishing, that the idea that denzel washington or the pope backed donald trump that they receive huge
renown. it's not a huge issue but it is worth doing something about it so thatis is worth doing something about it so that is why they are looking at it. what realistically can they do about it? the government can put pressure on take companies to flag fake news. news is global, it is not belonging toa news is global, it is not belonging to a particular domain so there is not a great deal government can do but take companies can make it easierfor you to flag but take companies can make it easier for you to flag fake news. in germany and america they are employing independent fact checkers to say if something is right or not and google have said they will make it harderfor people and google have said they will make it harder for people to make money out of the news but when you have people who want to advance a political agenda it will always be with us and i feel with donald trump tweeting about it fake news will be with us for quite some time. thank you. in november 2015, an elderly man was found lost — wandering around a car park in hereford. ever since then, great efforts have been made to find out who he is. and now the bbc‘s panorama team have traced him to a suburb of los angeles, and discovered that his wife and his son had flown him to england and then abandoned him. darragh macintyre has this report.
this man was found in hereford in november 2015 with no id and no idea of where he came from. everyone called him roger because he once said the name roger curry, but the police didn't know if that was his real name. we have a person, we have a possible name, but nothing else. we've got no identity documents, no indication of where he's from. roger has dementia and couldn't help. you speak with an accent from america, are you american? when we visited him last march, he had already been in a local care home forfour months. what happens if he is identified and he has to leave here? it will be devastating, but then, you know, because the staff, we've adopted him. and for roger it's wonderful, but he's become our roger. yeah...
the breakthrough came with this picture from a 1958 american high school yearbook. it featured an 18—year—old roger curry from the far north—west of the us. the likeness was striking. panorama followed the lead and traced the teenager pictured in the yearbook to a current address in los angeles. the home was burnt out and looked abandoned, but neighbours knew roger. can i show you these photographs? that's roger. are you sure? oh, no question about it, no doubt. 100%? i am 100% sure that's roger. we had finally identified roger curry, but this story doesn't have a happy ending. we found that the family had been haunted by illness and trouble. it soon became clear that the 76—year—old had been deliberately abandoned in england. his son kevin flew him to britain. kevin, we need to find out what happened to your dad.
kevin, did you dump your father in england? kevin? you're trespassing. you need to leave. kevin then agreed to answer questions, but not on camera. he says that he had nothing to do whatsoever with the abandonment of his father in england. he said his father became ill when they were visiting england on holiday, and that he asked a friend to take him to hospital. his explanation made no sense. why did he leave his father in england for eight months? after we notified the police about roger curry‘s identity, he was flown back to america last july. he is now in the care of the la authorities. darragh macintyre, bbc news. and you can watch panorama, the mystery of the unknown man, tonight on bbc1 at 8.30pm on bbc one. how do you feel about your home town or city? do you love it?
or do you find it boring and wish you could live somewhere else? well for six months one man has been criss—crossing the uk making a ‘mood map' of urban britain. a thousand miles later, dan raven—ellison has collected information it's hoped will show how landscape influences our mood, health, and happiness, and how technology can improve our quality of life. our correspondent, david sillito, caught up with him. meet dan. he's an explorer of urban britain. 2.5 million steps, 69 cities he has crossed. and on every step, this has tracked his emotions. this is an emotiv eeg wearable headset. it has a series of sensors that can detect what is going on inside my brain and can work out if i am stressed, relaxed, focused, interested. so we agreed to meet in the city that registered high
on the interest of scale. so the place you brought me to is? stoke. ok, convince me. let's go for a walk. yes, this is urban stoke. it's actually an old spoil heap that's now a park. as we walked, it was a chance to discuss the other cities he'd crossed. exciting? bristol. swa nsea ? do you know, swansea is the brunt of so manyjokes but my experience was just a flow of woodland going alongside the city, gorgeous hill, wonderful sea, street art. southampton? wild. surprisingly wild. the far north of southampton is suburbia. more birdsong than any other part of the uk i visited maybe. newcastle ? um, just so many children. loads of children playing out. that's unusual, is it? having walked across all the cities in the uk, it is unusual to see children playing out.
birmingham? far greener than you would imagine. i loved dudley. dudley? have a look at this map, the green space in and around wolverhampton and dudley. this is swansea. and this, the six towns of stoke—on—trent where we met up with some ramblers to see if they were feeling what dan was feeling. we are starting to do more urban walks. people who live in the area are proud of being here. for me, what's brilliant about walking across a city, especially like stoke, from the bricks to the graffiti, to the bridges, to the trees, to the lichen, to the flats, there is so much interest going on, so much to enjoy every step of the way. do you agree? oh yes, the diversity is of the place is tremendous. the ambition is to add other people's emotional responses to create a mood map of our cities. so far we have dan's data which reveals that things like this excite hiim and one particular thing, appals him.
i would speak to people about not putting dog poo in bags and then adorning trees at head—hight with those bags. you put the dog poo in the bag, you take the bag away with you. that's everywhere, is it? it's all over the country. and with that thought, we came to the end of this emotional journey across urban britain. the final feeling, confusion, as to why we were the only walkers in a place like this. david silitto, bbc news, stoke—on—trent. time for a look at the weather. here's phil avery. i was entertaining the notion of becoming a professional weather watcher early on as these glorious images flooded in from quite widely across the northern half of the british isles. then this image